PPB: Driver charged with DUII after hitting pedestrians
A pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a car, and police say the driver was under the influence of intoxicants.
Ian Thomas Cupples, 39, of Portland, faces charges of DUII, third-degree assault and reckless driving.
Police allege that Cupples was driving a car on West Burnside Street at Northwest 16th Avenue around 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 when he struck two pedestrians — an adult man and an adult woman.
The man was found unconscious at the scene.
In an update sent by police around 9 a.m., authorities reported that the man, who was not identified, is in "critical condition" in the hospital.
The other pedestrian, a woman, suffered minor injuries in the incident, police say.
Cupples remained at the scene, reported investigators. Cupples was charged with DUII in 2011, court records report, but went through a diversion program.
Cupples was released from the downtown jail on Saturday, records state. Police say this incident is the 58th major crash within city limits this year.
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